Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Some 203 Somali and Ethiopian illegal immigrants have arrived in the Somalia port town of Bosasao, in the self-proclaimed Puntland, after being expelled from Oman.
According to Puntland's Police Commander Col.
Abdulaziz Said Mohammed, charter flights had landed 143 Somali and 60 Ethiopian illegal immigrants at the airport in the northern Somalia town.
The expellees, who had lived in Oman for a number of years, were arrested in different parts of the Sultanate.
The police arrested others as they attempted to cross into the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in search of greener pastures.
Mohamed said Friday that all the repatriated persons appeared to be in good health, adding that most of the Somali nationals had re-united with their families.
The police officer said that the Ethiopians were being kept at the government hall in Bosasao as the local authorities work out repatriation procedures.
According to Somali authorities, a big number of Somalis live in the Gulf states where they migrated to escape the long- running civil war at home.
At least 100 Somalis are expelled from the Gulf States per week.